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Leica M9-P 18MP Full-Frame Digital Rangefinder Camera (Silver Chrome)

by Leica
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  • Display glass made of Sapphire Glass
  • Vulcanite leatherette covering for better grip and longer lasting life.
  • Pure Leica look without Leica logo and M9 lettering on the front side
  • Classical "Leica" engraving on the top cover.
  • Available in classic Black paint or Silver Chrome.
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Product Description

Product Description

Leica M rangefinder professional camera body. Silver Chrome, discreet markings, and rugged Sapphire back screen.

From the Manufacturer

Concentrated on Essentials – Maximum Image Quality

The LEICA M9, a camera that carries the legend of Leica M cameras into the digital age. It is the smallest full-format digital system camera the world has ever seen. In a nutshell: it is a contemporary tool for all who demand the highest standards in image quality and love freedom of composition.  

24 x 36 - No Compromises

The comLeica_M9P_1_Amazon.combination of an extremely high-resolution image sensor, the superior performance of M lenses, and sophisticated processing of the captured digital information ensures the best imaging results in all photographic situations. The 18-megapixel CCD image sensor, specifically designed and developed for this camera, enables the capture of the full 35-mm film format without any compromises. All M lenses mounted on the M9 or M9-P offer the same angle of view they had when using film material. This means that the high resolution and unique imaging quality of the now-digital M9 and M9-P are capable of fully exploiting the enormous potentials of M lenses. Or, in other words: in the case of the M9 and M9-P, it wasn't a matter of modifying the lenses to match the image sensor, but rather the other way around. This results in images particularly rich in details. Natural. Authentic. Without compromise.

Intuitive Handling

WhLeica_M9P_2_Amazon.comen it comes to handling, the Leica M9 - and now, the new M9-P, too - concentrate on essentials. It has even been possible to further improve the already simple menu navigation. The key control element is an intuitive four-way switch and dial combination used in conjunction with the 2.5" monitor. Setting the sensitivity requires only constant pressure on the ISO button while simultaneously turning the dial to select the required setting. All other functions important for everyday situations are quickly and easily accessible by pressing the "Set" button: these include white balance, image-data compression, resolution, exposure correction, exposure bracketing, and programmable user profiles. The user profiles can be programmed with any camera and shooting settings, stored under an arbitrary name, and accessed quickly whenever required for a particular situation.

Compact, Built for a Lifetime, and Enduring in Value

It is nLeica_M9P_3_Amazon.comot rare for a Leica to become its owner's lifelong companion. This also applies to the digital Leica M9 and equally to the M9-P: despite the considerably larger sensor, it has been possible to maintain the compact body size of their predecessors, the Leica M8 and M8.2. With dimensions of only 139 x 37 x 80 mm, the Leica M9 and M9-P retain the ideal size of the M series and the unique honor of being the world's smallest full-format digital system cameras. The one-piece, full-metal housing, made from a high-tensile magnesium alloy, and a top deck and bottom plate machined from blocks of solid brass, provide perfect protection for their precious inner mechanisms. The digital components and shutter assembly of the M9 and the M9-P are similarly constructed with a lifetime of endurance in mind. Free updates ensure that the cameras' firmware always embraces the latest developments. In short: an M camera is not only an investment for life, but also a lifelong companion.


Unobtrusive, Discreet, and Resilient: the New Leica M9-P

TheLeica_M9P_4_Amazon.com M9 now has a twin sister, the new Leica M9-P. In technological terms, they are absolutely identical twins and feature precisely the same high performance qualities. The only differences are found in a few characteristic details. 

The compact size of Leica M cameras, their unobtrusive looks, minimalist design, and the almost inaudible sound of their shutters make it possible for Leica M photographers to virtually melt into the background. The M9-P now makes photography even more unobtrusive - instead of the red dot on the front, it now bears a restrained Leica logogram on the top deck. And, in turn, is even more discreet.

The Leica M9-P now features an extremely scratch-resistant, almost unbreakable, sapphire crystal cover for its LCD monitor display. Sapphire crystal is one of the world's hardest materials and so hard that it can only be worked with special diamond-cutting tools. The antireflective coating on both sides of the monitor cover glass further improves image reviewing, particularly in unfavorable lighting conditions.

The Leica M9-P is optionally available in the classical Leica silver chrome camera finish or in black paint - the M9 offers two options, elegant steel gray or black paint. The Leica M9-P also features vulcanite leathering with particularly good grip characteristics.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.5 x 3.2 inches ; 1.3 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 4.6 pounds
  • ASIN: B00579W0AW
  • Item model number: 10716
  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,267 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: June 20, 2011

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This is my second Leica digital rangefinder camera. I saved up to buy an M8 not too long after they were introduced only to find the camera superseded just a few months later by the M8.2 and then made entirely obsolete by the M9. More important, certainly, was that I was never overwhelmed by the picture quality from the M8. It always seemed that I obtained better results with my Nikon D300, so the M8 never became an integral part of my shooting repertoire.

After reading all the glowing reviews of the M9 I decided to try the Leica rangefinder one last time (I have three wonderful lenses that I used with the M8 and before that with an M6), so I sold both my M8 [at a considerable loss] and my entire Panasonic micro 4/3 kit (which was actually a very nice interchangeable lens digital camera system) to finance my purchase of the M9. Although I purchase most of my camera equipment through Amazon, I purchased my M9-P from a Leica dealer because Amazon did not have the camera in stock at the time. Obviously, there is no particular difference between the M9 and the M9-P, other than essentially cosmetics, so this review applies equally to both versions of the camera.

My initial reaction on removing the camera from its box for the first time was that it is infrequent and, perhaps, rare these days to obtain such a high quality piece of equipment. The camera feels perfect in the hand, well-balanced and fairly small, yet with a certain heft. As odd as it sounds, is a real joy to hold and use. Further reactions on using the camera for the first time were that the electronics are light years removed from those of the best DSLRs of today. I am fortunate enough to have a Nikon D800 as well, and the automatic metering system in the Nikon far surpasses that of the M9.
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Great camera, but rangefinders are not for everyone.
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